The Akeda Foundation
"We are our brothers and sisters keepers".
27 AV 5777
Candle Lighting: 7:35 p.m.
AKEDA FOUNDATION is a nonprofit organization founded by Post Denominational ordained Rabbi Stuart Jay Robinson, Esq. who believes that for Judaism to be relevant it must be welcoming to all regardless of age, race, sex, creed or social gender preferences because we are all G-d’s children made in G-d’s image. AKEDA was selected as the name because it stands for unconditional faith and sacrifice to the Jewish Community, community at large and the State of Israel. AKEDA pledges to make prayer and worship, cultural and ritual practice, the study of Torah and its relevance to the 21st century for all ages through personal contact, electronic media, and traditional media. AKEDA pledges to serve and ensure those who are shut-in, hospitalized the infirm and otherwise would not be able to enjoy Sabbath and Holiday Services .AKEDA both recognizes and respects households which are culturally blended and welcomes participation regardless of faith. Our ministry is the Peoples’ Ministry. Through the study of Torah, Gemilut Hasadim ,(Acts of Loving Kindness),and Avodah , (Worship and Prayer). AKEDA is a multicultural non -denominational Jewish organization that is ‘Conservodox’, which is a combination of Modern Orthodox and Conservative cultural Judaism. AKEDA will always have women as equal partners in Jewish ritual; children should be seen and heard. We stand as one without separation united in our goal to make a better world, Tikkun Olam.
B'Shalom / In Peace,
Rabbi Stuart Jay Robinson, Esq./
CUSTOMS OF ELUL
Customs of Elul include wearing both Kippot (skull caps) and Tallaisim (Prayer Shaws) that are white ,special prayers known as Selichot (Prayers of Forgiveness), and blowing a single loud long blast from the Shofar,(Ram’s Horn) at the end of Shacharith (the Morning Service). Before Rosh Hashanah there will always be a special ‘Selicoth’Service which traditionally is held at midnight (now earlier in some Synagogues) where the dirge like melodies of the High Holidays will first be heard in preparation for what is to come. I was blessed with the good fortune of being in Amsterdam’s Spanish Portuguese Synagogue for a special pre- holiday Service with world re-known Cantors/Hazzanim (equiv. of Ministers Liturgical of Music) recorded for PBS. It airs the Sunday before Rosh Hashanah. I had dinner with them in the kosher restaurant “King Solomon’s” near the Synagogue. In fact one of my friends was with the PBS crew so they got me on air for about five (5) seconds sitting in the Sanctuary with lighting by candles in Chandeliers and on stands. The Cantor for the Synagogue, choir and the guest Cantors were in white as were their accompanists. It was magnificent and spiritually inspiring.
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